I’ve been wanting to talk about this, blog about this and shout about this for months but haven’t been able to until now.
Mark your calendars for Friday, May 27th. At 2PM ET, Trek Light Gear will be appearing on your TV set. No, I didn’t make the cut for The Bachelor. And no, HBO hasn’t picked up my pitch for a show best described as ‘a cross between The Wire and The Sopranos but with hammocks’.
There’s a small channel called the Home Shopping Network and it just so happens to be received in more than 90 million homes.
This is something I’ve been working on for months and it’s finally right around the corner. It’s often felt like a full time job in and of itself and if I’ve been a bit slower at returning emails, tweeting less, blogging less, etc. it’s because I’ve been working on what is easily the biggest project I’ve undertaken since I first started down this wild path of entrepreneurship.
Since I like to share the behind the scenes lessons, struggles and accomplishments of running a first-time business on this blog, I’m sure I’ll have a blog post to write about the experience after the show airs and when I’m able to get some perspective on it. For now though, all I ask is that you help spread the word, tune in and show your support with a purchase during the show if you can. If you’ve been thinking of buying a hammock for yourself or as a gift for someone this summer this will be a perfect time to do it. Tell your friends, coworkers and all your HSN-watching family members to tune in and support a cool small business getting a big opportunity for exposure on national TV.
Share this blog post, retweet it, post to your Facebook wall - anything you can do to help get a massive turnout of support would be sincerely appreciated. Don’t forget it’s live TV so it’s important you get your order in while the segment is airing (once again, that’s 2PM Eastern Time on the 27th!). If we can show HSN just how much people love and support a small business like Trek Light Gear we’ll have the chance to get invited back and do it again and again.
This is our biggest chance yet to show the world that ‘Life is better in a hammock’ and I can’t say thanks enough for being along for the ride – it’s about to be televised.
[UPDATE #1: At work without a TV on Friday?: You can watch our HSN debut via live stream online, all you have to do is visit HSN.com and click on the link that says 'HSN Live' over on the left. Or just try clicking here and it should take you straight to it. I was also told by a customer that if you have Verizon FiOS at home you can actually order a hammock directly through your remote. How awesome is that?]
[UPDATE #2: For all of you asking about me being on TV personally, the answer is no, I won't be appearing personally on the show this time. In my place will be Bill Duggan, who many of you may know as the host of Curb Appeal on HGTV. Bill is already a big fan of the hammocks and will be entrusted with the task of introducing Trek Light Gear to the HSN audience. I'm flying down on Thursday to help out and I'll be there on the set when we're live - hopefully just getting to watch everything go smoothly! ]